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Prometheus (2012)

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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

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Ridley Scott
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noomi Rapace ... Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender ... David
Charlize Theron ... Meredith Vickers
Idris Elba ... Janek
Guy Pearce ... Peter Weyland
Logan Marshall-Green ... Charlie Holloway
Sean Harris ... Fifield
Rafe Spall ... Millburn
Emun Elliott ... Chance
Benedict Wong ... Ravel
Kate Dickie ... Ford
Branwell Donaghey ... Mercenary 1
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik ... Mercenary 2 (as Vladimir Furdik)
C.C. Smiff C.C. Smiff ... Mercenary 3 (as CC Smiff)
Shane Steyn ... Mercenary 4
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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

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The search for our beginning could lead to our end See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Originally, Fifield's appearance when he becomes mutated by the black liquid was very different. The creature that he turns into featured a translucent cowl that covered its elongated head, immediately notable for its resemblance to the translucent dome that covers the skull of Xenomorph Drones. However, this design was altered late in production, likely as a result of director Ridley Scott's desire to move the picture away from the original Alien film. Special effects for the scene had virtually been completed by the time the sequence was cut, and a very nearly finished version is included among the deleted scenes on the Prometheus home video releases. In Jon Spaihts' original script for Prometheus, titled Alien: Engineers, Fifield's transformation was even more extreme he actually becomes a form of Xenomorph, with an elongated skull, dorsal tubes sprouting from his suit and large clawed talons growing from his hands. See more »

Goofs

The windscreen of the personnel carriers they use on the planet has the familiar arc pattern created by the wipers. However the carriers have been been kept in the hold the entire journey and would have no dust on them whatsoever. Plus the wipers are never seen being used so they could not have created them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Shaw: Get Charlie.
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Crazy Credits

There is a statement at the end of the closing credits: "Previous Footage Property of Weyland Corp. Building Better Worlds Since 10.11.12. weylandindustries.com/timeline" See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's 70mm and Digital IMAX 3D release was presented open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.90:1, meaning more information was in the frame for the entire film. See more »

Connections

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Theme from Alien
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User Reviews

 
So much of this movie could have been easily fixed...
6 June 2012 | by sandy-462See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. It's gorgeous to look at, and I'm definitely going to go and see it again. It's really impressive.

But... It's stuffed with scenes without any payoff. Again and again it sets stuff up and then just... walks away from it.

In at least one unforgivably stupid scene, someone *literally* just walks away from an antagonist and leaves it there. And then doesn't tell anyone about it. Some of it's really effective. There are some scenes that are absolutely gripping. But so much of it doesn't make any sense...

Having said all that I think it's very clear that what I just saw was Prometheus part 1. It's very definitely supposed to have a sequel and I will certainly go to see the sequel. I think both movies taken together might score a 10.

But this movie by itself doesn't.


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Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,050,101, 10 June 2012

Gross USA:

$126,477,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$403,354,469
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